Rosarito Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Ride

So we took a trip to Mexico for the semi-annual 50 mile Rosarito to Ensenada Bike Ride.

The giant Mexican Flag at the end of the ride (Finish Line Fiesta)

This was a nicely organized ride that takes place approximately 30 miles south of the San Diego/Mexico border in Rosarito.

It was a fairly well organized ride and the tips we received from the veterans were very useful. It was somewhat intimidating to say the least when we pulled up to the starting line only to see 6,000 riders ahead of us. Basically since this is a fun ride and not a race, there is a wide spread in rider experience. The first 20 miles is a hazard course -- you need to be constantly vigilant of all of the people weaving in and out. Around the 25 mile point, there is "El Tigre" that starts to thin out the pack as you go ascend 800 feet on a nice 7% grade. Andrea (the wifey) and I both made it up without walking, which was our primary objective. What they fail to mention are the 2 climbs after this one that are no walk in the park either. We finished the course in three hours and fifteen minutes.

Starting Line [ click on the image for a larger version ]

Andrea goes aero

A quick water break at the halfway point (27 miles)

Fixing a flat at mile 51.

Wedding Party in Ensenada.

Crossing over to Mexico -- 2 minutes
Crossing back over to USA -- 1.5 hours

The border crossing.

This is what you do the day after.

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